It is natural to fear difference until we become familiar with it as we are wired to protect our own. That is why RESPECT starts with the self. If we care about ourselves, we tend not to be so fearful of others because it increases our natural empathy. However, we cannot really respect what we don’t understand, especially if it seems to go against our own values and culture. Hence why there is so much suspicion, mistrust and conflict where there is ignorance and lack of exposure to difference.
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